| Event type

10 kilometres Open Water, Women

Date20 August 2008 — 9:00
LocationShunyi Aolinpike Shuishang Gongyuan, Mapo, Shunyi (Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park)
Participants25 from 23 countries
FormatFinal only.

More than any other event on the women’s programme, the open water swim had a clear gold medal favourite. Lara Ilchenko of Russia had won five successive world titles at 5 km and the last three over 10 km. The pattern of the race emerged at an early stage with the British pair of Cassie Patten and Keri-Anne Payne moving to the front of the pack and forcing the pace. The tactic worked to the point that only two others were able to follow. Ilchenko stayed on the shoulders of the leaders before unleashing her sprint with 110 metres to go. She sped clear to finish ahead of Payne with Patten edging Angela Maurer of Germany for the bronze medal. Natalie du Toit of South Africa finished in 16th position. Du Toit had represented her nation at the age of 14 but lost a leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001. She came to world attention by winning five titles at the 2004 Paralympic Games then in 2008 qualified for the Olympic Games by placing 4th at the World Championships.

112Lara IlchenkoRUS1-59:27.7Gold
221Keri-Anne PayneGBR1-59:29.2Silver
32Cassie PattenGBR1-59:31.0Bronze
418Angela MaurerGER1-59:31.9
51Ana Marcela CunhaBRA1-59:36.8
615Swann ObersonSUI1-59:36.9
720Poliana OkimotoBRA1-59:37.4
816Jana PechanováCZE1-59:39.7
96Andreína PintoVEN1-59:40.0
1024Martina GrimaldiITA1-59:40.7
1117Marianna LymbertaGRE1-59:42.3
128Teja ZupanSLO1-59:43.7
134Yurema RequenaESP1-59:46.9
1425Edith van DijkNED2-00:02.8
1514Melissa GormanAUS2-00:33.6
1623Natalie du ToitRSA2-00:49.9
1722Daniela InácioPOR2-00:59.0
183Eva BerglundSWE2-01:05.0
199Fang YanqiaoCHN2-01:07.9
2010Imelda MartínezMEX2-01:07.9
2111Aurélie MullerFRA2-02:04.1
2219Chloe SuttonUSA2-02:13.6
2313Nataliya SamorodinaUKR2-10:41.6
245Antonella BogarínARG2-11:35.9
AC7Kristel KöbrichCHIDNF